Nestled in the heart of New Zealand’s west coast lies a place beloved for its dramatic history and natural beauty.
Built on the back of a mining rush in the mid-1800s, Greymouth has transformed from a place you can easily skip over to a destination you have to stop at thanks to its fascinating past and booming cultural scene - think recreated pioneer towns and local breweries. Whether you feel like learning about the region’s pounamu history (jade hunting) on our Greymouth tours and holidays or wandering the various nature trails beside the aptly named Grey River, a day or two spent in this charming small town is enough to have you thinking you’ve struck gold.
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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
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Getting to Greymouth is relatively easy as it's conveniently located along State Highway 6, meaning you can easily drive there from neighbouring cities such as Christchurch and even Wellington on the North Island. This means you can also take public transport in the form of bus services with routes connecting you from Christchurch, Queenstown, and Dunedin to Greymouth. This is definitely the cheapest option but it will take you longer than driving. You can also fly into Greymouth from surrounding New Zealand cities with Air New Zealand offering daily flights. This is by far the quickest way to travel to Greymouth.
The west coast of New Zealand (where Greymouth is located) is known to be the wettest coast on the South Island so you can expect plenty of rainfall throughout the year with an approximate average of 2,553mm. But that doesn't mean it doesn't experience its fair share of sunshine too, especially in summer. Although the average daily temperature is sitting at a chilly 11°C, the temperatures in summer can reach a warm 18°C with around 6.5 hours of sunlight expected. Because of its low-lying, coastal location, Greymouth hardly ever sees snow.
There isn't necessarily a specific 'best time' to visit Greymouth as each month of the year promises an incredible adventure. However, if you're seeking warmer weather, the months of December, January, and February are the ones to go in as they see the least amount of rainfall and the most amount of uninterrupted sunlight hours. With optimal weather though comes larger crowds and higher prices, so if you want to avoid paying a premium for accommodation and activities, try visiting Greymouth in the shoulder months of March and April before the weather starts getting colder.
Apart from the obvious clothing items you'll need depending on what time of the year you're visiting Greymouth, you should also pack a pair of comfortable walking shoes (preferably ones that you've already worn in), a day bag or backpack, a reusable drink bottle for the days where you're spending long periods of time outside, a camera, and other sun smart items such as sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat.
Greymouth is known for having some of the best natural landscapes on New Zealand's west coast and while it'd be pretty hard to try to see them all, these are some of our favourite walking/hiking trails so you can see as much natural beauty during your stay:
- Point Elizabeth Track (1 hour, 45 minutes one way)
- Greymouth Floodwall to Blaketown Tiphead (30-45 minutes one way)
- The Woods Creek Track (30-45 minutes one way)
- Carew Falls (20 minutes one way)
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